BIG APPLE GREETER BENEFIT – A GREAT SUCCESS!
On November 2, 2016, a grand time was had by all at Big Apple Greeter’s CELEBRATE NEW YORK 2016 benefit. We honored two great leaders of their industries with lifetime achievement awards: Richard T. Anderson, President, New York Building Congress, and Joseph E. Spinnato, President, Hotel Association of New York City.
Big Apple Greeter’s Executive Director Alicia Pierro was delighted to welcome our guests, thank our generous sponsors and entice us with door prizes to come. She also thanked the InterContinental New York Barclay for their generous support of the event. The Grand Ballroom was beautiful, and the food and service was excellent!
Board Chair Christopher P. Boylan noted Big Apple Greeter was the “brainchild” of Lynn Brooks 24 years ago. “Her passion to change the image of New York worked! Our visitors enjoy the most personal view of a New Yorker’s New York,” Chris said. ” Today we’ve met over 150,000 visitors worldwide.”
Chris introduced honoree Richard T. Anderson, President of the New York Building Congress. “He’s a tireless advocate for infrastructure in New York, and whenever you see a crane in the city, it’s there because of Dick.”
Vijay Dandapani, President of Apple Core Hotels and Board Chair of the Hotel Association of New York City, introduced Honoree Joseph E. Spinnato, President of the Hotel Association of New York City. The association has over 300 member hotels.
Mr. Spinnato fondly recalled how Lynn Brooks was able to structure Big Apple Greeter so it wouldn’t compete with tourism groups. “I have seen few organizations as successful as Big Apple Greeter. I am totally impressed by these young – and not so young – volunteers who shepherd their visitors to the hidden gems of the city.” Board Member Merrie L. Davis drew names for door prizes, everything from a five-day trip to Tahiti to tickets to Avenue Q.
Chris and Alicia also expressed their gratitude to our 350 volunteers as well as to the board. The entire evening was a study in mutual admiration, held in a glorious setting. What could be better?
Thank you to our generous event sponsors:
- Hotel, Restaurant & Club Employees & Bartenders Union Local 6, Unite Here
- The New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO
- NYC & Company
- Pitta & Giblin LLP
- Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC
- The Port Authority of NY & NJ
- General Contractors Association of New York, Inc
- Hiltons of New York City
- New York Building Congress
- InterContinental New York Barclay